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Wood BOE considers 3 school calendars

PARKERSBURG — Three calendars for the 2021-2022 school year were laid out in the Wood County Board of Education virtual meeting on Tuesday evening.

Presented by Keith Palmer, Director of Elementary Schools, the three school calendars will have two public hearings starting on Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. The board will choose and approve a calendar on Dec. 22.

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook said during the meeting that parents have repeatedly requested the calendar process to be earlier in the school year and it was his goal to get a calendar selected before the start of the 2021 year.

In calendar A, schools will continue to start at the normal time in the middle of August, ending before Memorial Day, and will include a spring break. Calendar B will start near the end of August, still ending before Memorial Day but will not have a spring break.

Calendar C will start after Labor Day and ends right before Memorial Day with only one week off for Christmas and three days for Thanksgiving, which is currently a full-week off and no spring break. From Jan. 18 until April 15, school will be in session for 63 days with only one day off with a faculty senate.

There will also only be two faculty days, one in October and February.

All three calendars will include the holidays of Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday, Memorial Day, and May 10 will be Primary Election Day.

The board approved the purchase of Apple MacBooks for elementary and middle school teachers and other products to be used for virtual instruction. Hosaflook said every single teacher in Wood County now has an iMac, iPad and every student will have an iPad to help with remote learning.

Funds allocated by the federal government helped with the cost of $728,659.50.

A purchase order issued to Daiken Applied Inc. for $239,030 was approved by the board. The purpose is to acquire chillers for summer HVAC renovation projects at Hamilton Middle School School and Mineral Wells Elementary School. The board also approved two additional purchase orders to acquire items needed for the summer HVAC renovation project for Hamilton Middle, $96,486 to Plumbers Supply Co., and $60,250 to Thermal Equipment Sales Inc.

Starting on Nov 30 through Dec. 3, it will be in full remote instructions based on Gov. Jim Justice’s executive order of closures of schools after Thanksgiving week.

Contact Tyler Bennett tbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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